Cat Facts

  1. brown and white bicolor tabby cat

    What Colors Can Cats See?

    Are cats color blind? Do they have night vision? Find out which colors cats can see best and how to support their...
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  2. persian cat and persian kitten outside

    When Do Cats Stop Growing?

    When are cats considered adults? Depending on their breed, cats reach their full size at different ages...
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  3. Why Do Cats Purr?

    Why Do Cats Purr?

    From hunger and happiness to growing pains and everything in between, cats purr for a wide array of reasons...
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  4. broken pieces of dark chocolate

    Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

    Most people know that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate – and neither should cats! But why not...
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  5. cat with third eyelid showing

    Why Do Cats Have a Third Eyelid?

    The third eyelid functions as a shield for a cat's cornea. If your cat’s third eyelid stays present, visit the vet...
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  6. white orange tabby with an open book

    18 Best Novels Featuring Cats

    Is there anything better than curling up with a good book and a kitty? Get reading with these 18 novels featuring...
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  7. calico cat knocking things over

    Why Do Cats Knock Things Over?

    Surprise: They’re not JUST being jerks. Find out why cats like to knock things over...
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  8. American Shorthair cat licking plastic

    Why Do Cats Lick Plastic?

    And is licking plastic unsafe? Find out why sensory overload, boredom, or a compulsive disorder could contribute...
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  9. black cat arching back

    30 Horror Films Featuring Cats

    Our list of horror films featuring cats spans 90 years and includes movies where a cat appears in a distinctive role...
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  10. moggy cat outside

    What’s a Moggy? 9 Mixed Breed Cats

    A "mutt cat" is called a moggy: Learn about the ubiquitous moggy, along with 9 common mixed breed cats...
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  11. Maine Coon cat tail

    Unique Cat Tails: Top 25 Breeds

    Gaze at unique cat tails and our favorites among cats with long tails, fluffy tails, and striped tails...
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  12. group of cats or clowder

    What Is a Group of Cats Called?

    Wouldn’t you love to know how to refer to a group of cats in another, more obscure way...
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  13. long-haired cat smelling leaves

    Surprising Smells Cats Hate

    What smells do cats hate, and why should you care? The answers may surprise you...
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Fun cat facts and feline tidbits 

Cats are endlessly fascinating, and we have the content to prove it! Read 100+ articles on the Litter-Robot blog that include fun facts about cats. You’ll find cat facts related to coat pattern, breed, unique abilities, and more!

Did you know? Cats instinctively know how to use the litter box. To avoid being eaten or attacked by predators, ancestral wild cats had to cover up their tracks and hide their waste to mask their scent. They gravitated toward soft dirt or sand, since the granular consistency made it easier to bury their waste. 

What other interesting facts about cats didn’t you know? Cats meow for humans, not other cats. A group of cats is called a clowder or a glaring, while a group of kittens is a kindle. 30%-50% of cats lack the gene that makes them react to catnip. Research suggests that a cat’s purr has the power to self-heal. People with cat allergies aren't allergic to fur, but rather a protein found in a cat’s saliva, urine, and dander called Fel d 1. Cats seek out boxes that offer cover for their predatory hunting instincts, as well as to hide to avoid becoming prey—an instinct passed down by their wild ancestors. Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t see in black and white—but research suggests that they are red-green colorblind. A 1-year-old kitten is developmentally equivalent to a 15-year-old human. (Most) cats are lactose intolerant. Cats’ whiskers help with directional orientation and spatial awareness.

Shall we keep going? The “tabby” cat isn’t a breed—it’s a pattern. Your cat has a third eyelid that functions as a shield for their cornea. Cats are imitating snakes when they hiss. Your house cat likely isn’t nocturnal, but instead crepuscular, or most active around dusk and dawn. How long a cat lives largely depends on whether they’re indoor-only or an outdoor cat. Cats almost always land on their feet due to their impressive “righting” reflex. Cat pee smells so bad because it’s so concentrated—felines originated in the desert and evolved to absorb a large amount of water from their urine to maintain their hydration. Cats are more likely to knead if they were separated from their mothers as young kittens. And finally, cats aren’t just jerks: They knock things over to test for hidden prey.